Our Coverage of the 3rd Union Peace Conference

By The Irrawaddy 17 July 2018

The third session of the Union Peace Conference came to an end in Naypyitaw on Monday, after a six-day meeting between the government, military and ethnic armed groups in search of an elusive end to the country’s decades-long civil war. Here is a collection of The Irrawaddy’s stories on the conference for anyone who wants to learn more about the peace process and the meeting. In addition to the stories on our website, you can check out some video interviews and live streams from the conference on our Facebook page.

Analysis: Military Chief Says Tatmadaw Wants Peace — but Not Because It’s Weak

At opening of 21st-Century Panglong Peace Conference, Sen-Gen Min Aung Hlaing urges all armed groups to sign NCA; State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says ceasefire is just the first step

ANP’s Criticism of Government in Peace Conference Speech Sparks Controversy

UPDJC bloc disavows comments, which upset Daw Aung San Suu Kyi; Rakhine politicians say major parties have never been asked to self-censor

Military Chief’s Comment on Tatmadaw ‘Representing’ the People Draws Backlash Online

Critics post ‘Tatmadaw doesn’t represent me’ on social media in riposte to senior general’s speech to Union Peace Conference.

Wa Delegate Faints Before Meeting With State Counselor, Rushed to Hospital

A UWSA spokesman said Bao Yu Yi, the armed group’s vice chairman, fainted from heat stroke but was recovering.

NDAA ‘Will Sign the NCA at the Appropriate Time’

Mongla Group supports peace, but the path to that goal is not the same for all groups, general secretary U Kyi Myint says.

Northern EAOs Keen to Keep Talking to Government

Too soon for decision on signing NCA, Kachin leader says after FPNCC members meet with state counselor, Army chief

Advocacy Groups Seek Gender Equality Policy

Women’s advocacy groups urged delegates attending the Panglong Peace Conference this week to push for a gender equality policy regarding women’s representations across all sectors.

Tatmadaw Invites Ta’ang, Kokang and Arakan Armies to Participate in Ceasefire

Conditions include commitment to dialogue process and a pledge to disarm.

China Does Not Have Special Interests in Supporting Myanmar’s Peace Process: Official

Chinese Special Envoy Sun Guoxiang said peace in Myanmar promotes stability on the border, but otherwise, China does have any special interest in Myanmar’s peace process.

Second Wa Delegate Hospitalized in Naypyitaw Amid Peace Talks

The military chief visited the UWSA officials in the hospital on Friday.

Women Playing Larger Role at This Year’s Peace Conference

The numbers “show that more women are becoming interested in the peace process and that women have the capacity to do so,” said Mi Kun Chan Non.

Peace Strategy Needed to Achieve National Goals, Suu Kyi Says

As third session of Panglong Peace Conference ends, some ethnic delegates complain Part Two of Union Accord ignores their suggestions